When my husband let me know that he was going to be receiving this to review (at no cost), I became a little giddy. Even though I am in my 50s, I am still a girl who wants to look pretty. And make up is one of the was that society gets us to adapt our looks to be ‘prettier’. This kit is quite nice. It comes in a compact black plastic box with handles at the top if you need to grab this to do your makeup on the run. It has a total of 177 items of makeup and 11 accessories (brushes/applicators/mirror) to use in their application.
The photos attached to this review are from the unboxing, which brought about my only complaints on this product, but I will outline those at the end of the review.
First of all, the pros:
1) Variety – I have seen large collections of makeup before that seem to be geared toward the garish, and don’t offer enough of a variety for many different makeup tastes. This has such a huge variety of colors, that I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed in the color selection. From bright and garish (in my opinion), to muted and understated, this kit has it all.
2) Size – this is a compact giant. With so many choices of eye color, as well as a few blush and lip colors as well, this could easily take up a much larger footprint. But this kit before opening measures only 2 x 6.6 inches and stretches to 14″ when completely opened to display all the products. The design of this box is ingenious because individually, this many different cosmetics would take over someones vanity or bathroom counter. Folded up it is only slightly larger than a box of hair color (don’t ask how I know that.)
3) Price – Currently priced at just under $25.00, this is a bargain. If you were to buy these color pallettes individually at a drug or department store, even for the least expensive brands, you would spend twice this for the amount of products contained in this kit. For example, a popular well known cheapie brand sells a pallette of 8 eyeshadows for 7.89 on Amazon. I imagine that is close or cheaper than in the store. And that is just different shades of the same color. Multiply that to account for the variety in this kit of eyecolor alone, and you are talking just under $150. That doesn’t even take into consideration the lip color and blushes in this kit, so a bargain.
There really aren’t any cons to the quality of this product nor about the design of the packaging EXCEPT: Other than the hard plastic case there is nothing to protect these colors during shipping or while stored. No plastic or thin foam film, and as can be seen in some of my photos, at least one of the powder shadows was loosened and managed to get all over the case and other products including some of the lip cremes (and this was a green shadow). So it was rather messy and I think this could be a fairly easy fix prior to shipping.
So even though I have one complaint, it is fairly minor (although I would have worn that color of green had it been intact).
All in all a wonderful product that I think any woman who wears make up will love. Even if they replace their makeup every six months (as some health experts recommend), this would be a fairly inexpensive way to do so.
This is my honest and unbiased opinion of a review sample.